- Social Work
- Clinical Social Worker
- Medical Terminology
The Jail-based Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinical Social Worker will serve as the Nash County Sheriff's Office support and accountability staff member for incarcerated individuals transitioning from the county jail environment back to the local community. The primary focus of the position will be to help individuals with mental health issues and substance use disorders regain control of their lives through judicial oversight, the Vivitrol Pre-Release Program, intensive supervision and monitoring, participation in mental health and/or substance use treatment sessions and self-help groups, frequent and random urine screens, and referrals to community service agencies and other services.
Work in this class involves providing intensive social work services in serious and complicated cases which require the flexible use of a wide range of social work skills and intervention techniques. Services are provided in a variety of settings including local human services agencies, public health departments, correctional facilities, teaching hospitals, medical schools, juvenile training centers, the Nash County Recovery Alliance Center and state institutions. Work also includes involvement in the Nash County Coalition for Addiction, Recovery and Education (CARE) group, which provides supportive services to those with substance use disorders. Employees supervise and train lower level social workers, students, and interns.
This position is a temporary 2-year grant funded position.
Essential Duties and Tasks: I. DIFFICULTY OF WORK:
Variety and Scope - Employees provide individual, group, or family therapy and counseling for clients and relatives, and serve as a therapist or co-therapist in treatment of clients. Work involves explaining diagnosis and treatment alternatives to clients and families, and connecting clients with life essentials such as housing, food, transportation, employment, and counseling. Employees may participate in education endeavors for physicians, psychologists, nurses, other health disciplines, students and social work interns, and participating in research activities.
Intricacy - Employees use considerable judgment in conducting individual assessments, selecting and providing treatment techniques or dealing with psychosocial aspects or researching catastrophic or terminal diseases. Employees educate and consult with other staff and community professionals for information purposes and joint case planning. Some didactic consultation may also be involved.
Subject Matter Complexity - Work requires a thorough understanding of social work assessment techniques and treatment approaches primarily of a crisis, supportive, and behavioral nature. Considerable knowledge of legal and administrative aspects of programs. Employees may require knowledge of medical diagnoses, treatment alternatives, disease pathophysiology, biopsychosocial, adaptive, and coping responses to illnesses.
Guidelines - Includes state and federal laws and regulations, JCAHO standards, professional ethics, theories of standard methods and procedures, and quality assurance standards.
Nature of Review - Work is reviewed by unit supervisor, program manager, or higher level clinician, usually on a general basis except for review of sensitive and legal or commitment situations.
Scope of Decisions - Directly affects clients, their families, care providers/facilities and community agencies.
Consequence of Decisions – Assessments have major impact on diagnosis and treatment plan; intervention deals with intricate family problems such as incest, violence, and multiple disabilities or terminal disease; consultation contributes to knowledge base of staff supervised, interns, residents; research may influence techniques of other therapists and professionals.
Medication Assistance - Work involves coordination and management of the Vivitrol Pre-Release Program to include Dissemination of Knowledge regarding medication assisted recovery, participant selection, medical meeting, medical clearance, pre-release behavioral counseling and follow up with post-release treatment. This position will require collecting post-release data and maintaining contact with the client upon detention release and a designated natural support.
III. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS:
Scope of Contacts - Includes clients and families, a variety of professional disciplines, community agency groups, court officials, students, interns, or residents.
Nature and Purpose - To determine and facilitate a move to appropriate setting to assess strengths and risk factors related to physical and mental health; and provide counseling to alleviate family crises. Employees also communicate to facilitate adaptive coping responses. Participate in community organizations and education efforts and consult with various public and private agencies on psychosocial problems in the community.
IV. OTHER WORK DEMANDS:
Work Conditions - Employees work in settings which range from correctional facilities, human services agencies, recovery centers, clinics, hospitals, or offices, but often involve visits to client's home or contacts in institutions or detention centers.
Hazards - Includes contacts with clients and/or family members who may be hostile, resistant, and violent.
Knowledges, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices, and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems. Considerable knowledge of a wide range of behavioral, and/or psychosocial problems and their diagnosis and treatment. Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques, public and private organizations, and resources in the community, laws, regulations, and policies which govern the program. General knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision and training. In certain settings, considerable knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis. Considerable knowledge of substance use disorders, behaviors, and treatments. Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client's problems. Ability to supervise, train, or instruct lower-level social workers, students, or interns in the program. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of case load and their families, as well as civic, legal, medical, social, and religious organizations. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively.
Desirable Education and Experience: Masters degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Workers preferred along with Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Certification. Experience in Clinical Social Work with assessment, treatment, case management and extensive knowledge of community and family system preferred.